Jungwirth Released; Ordered To Complete Mental Health Assessment

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Craig Jungwirth is a free man – again.

The Orange County man, whose attempts at organizing a bear themed beach party devolved into alleged social media threats against the LGBT community in Wilton Manors, was released on his own recognizance by a Broward County judge Monday afternoon.

Jungwirth appeared in the courtroom of Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren on the sixth floor of the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. He entered the courtroom in handcuffs and dressed in a dark blue inmate uniform.

Jana Bodner, prosecuting the case for the State Attorney’s Office, said Jungwirth had violated the terms of his probation by not completing a psychological evaluation and assessment and violating a no-contact order with the victim of his crimes. 

Jungwirth is serving a six-month probation sentence for defrauding an innkeeper -- Wilton Manors bar and restaurant owner Nick Berry. 

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“Both of these allegations are significant,” Judge Lerner-Wren said.

Alejandro Vargas, an attorney with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, represented Jungwirth. Monday was Vargas’ first chance to consult with Jungwirth. After talking to Jungwirth, Vargas told the judge his client had completed a court ordered psychological evaluation in January in Orange County, which the state’s probation officer said was false.

“The bottom line is it wasn’t done,” Judge Lerner-Wren said. “He needs to get it done. He was ordered to have it down. What he’s saying is clearly not true.”

Jungwirth told Judge Lerner-Wren he is still living in Central Florida. The judge then ordered Jungwirth to comply with the no-contact order in regard to Berry.

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“I would certainly admonish Mr. Jungwirth to fully comply with any and all no-contact orders – direct, indirect and that is through any means of social media – email, Twitter, Facebook, blogging.”

Jungwirth said he understood the meaning of direct and indirect contact via social media and that he acknowledged the importance of complying with the court’s order. When asked if he had any questions as to the meaning of indirect and direct contact with the victims via social media, Jungwirth replied “No, your honor.”

Berry, owner of Rumors Bar and Courtyard Café in Wilton Manors, did not attend Monday’s hearing.

Both Bodner and Vargas declined to comment when approached by SFGN outside of the courtroom. 

Judge Lerner-Wren reset Jungwirth’s hearing for July 17 at 11:15 a.m. in Broward County criminal court. At the next hearing Jungwirth is to provide evidence a psychological evaluation.

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“I’m going to release him for the purposes of getting and securing that report pursuant to the court’s order and I’m very serious about it,” Judge Lerner-Wren said.

The judge reminded Jungwirth he faced up to six months in jail on criminal contempt charges if he failed to get the psychological evaluation and assessment completed.

“Do you understand?,” Judge Lerner-Wren asked.

“Yes, your honor,” Jungwirth replied.

Jungwirth has been quite the courtroom personality. Accused of making social media threats of a Pulse-like attack against the LGBT community in Wilton Manors, Jungwirth beat the rap in January when federal prosecutors could not link the threats to any social media account connected to Jungwirth. 


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